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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:44

Three more years of National will see even more New Zealand kids growing up in severe poverty because John Key has announced no plans during the election campaign to reduce child poverty, says the Green Party.

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is campaigning in Wellington today promoting the party’s $1 billion plan to reduce child poverty.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 09:30

John Key is trying to scare and confuse New Zealanders by saying mass surveillance by the GCSB is needed to achieve the country’s cyber protection, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party in Government would look to remove the cyber protection functions from the GCSB and put them into a separate agency solely focused on that activity.  

“Our cyber protection is undermined by being carried out by spies. What we need is a separate agency whose 100 percent focus is on ensuring our cyber protection,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.  

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:36

The decision to pay home care workers for the time they spend travelling to clients is a great first step that should be followed by pay equity and a significant rise in their base pay, the Green Party said today.

Unions representing care workers reached an agreement today with the Government and home support providers that will see workers paid for the hours they spend travelling between clients.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:59

"The Green Party will build three times the length of safe, separated cycleways than National over the next three years," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.

Dr Russel Norman joined Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown to cycle the route of one of the new, planned cycleways connecting Island Bay to Wellington's city centre.

"We've been waiting too long for National to build safe, separated cycleways to ensure New Zealanders can cycle safely around our towns and cities," Dr Norman said.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:57

The Green Party is warning all four organisations named as new partnership schools by Education Minister Hekia Parata today that they will have no future under a new Government.

Ms Parata's decision to name the four organisations breaks with a long held convention for the Government of the day to refrain from making significant political decisions in the days before an election.

"This decision should not have been made just days before an election, which could ultimately lead to charter schools ceasing to exist," Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:17

The plan is the final component of the Party’s economic priority this election: smart green innovation. 

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan for clean energy are:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:08

The Green Party has today launched a $30 million plan to boost New Zealand's ICT sector, create jobs and drive innovation.

The ICT (Information Communications and Technology) plan is the seventh component of the Green Party's economic priority this election - building a cleaner, smarter economy that works for all New Zealanders.

Key planks of the Green Party plan are:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 10:42

The Green Party today recommitted to working with all other political parties on a cross-parliament plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand.

The Child Poverty Action Group today launched its major policy paper of the election Our Children, our Choice: Priorities for Policy,  which calls for cross party political agreement on an action plan to on child poverty.

“The Green Party is the only major party committed to ending child poverty,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 10:28

A public option for KiwiSaver will reduce fees, saving KiwiSavers tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their investment, the Green Party said today.

KiwiSaver research company Canstar released a report today showing KiwiSaver fees are rising faster than inflation. Canstar says a few dollars in fee savings can add up to a substantial difference over the life of an investment, and your retirement savings.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 15:24

National’s own fiscals confirm it plans big cuts to health and education, the Green Party said today.

“National’s fiscals confirm the Green Party’s and BERL’s independent analysis that there will be sizeable cuts to health and education services,” Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said today.

“National will be cutting the education and health budgets by $1.5 billion which is around the size it plans to allocate for tax cuts, if they ever come.